The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton

Review by Charlie, aged 5

I like this book because there’s different people in it, like Moonface, old Saucepan Man and Silky. The things that Saucepan Man says are too funny. And also, old Dame Washalot always washes.

I like the lands at the top of the tree. My favourite land was the Land of Presents.

It is a fat book [we have a three in one compendium].

I like to read this every night before I go to sleep.


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  1. I only had to read the first line to know this was about The Faraway Tree books (I somehow missed the title of the blog post). What wonderful book memories it brought back.

    Charlie is a very astute reader.

    • I know. It’s wonderful remembering the google buns and pop tarts, and the terror of the lands moving away from the ladder and the tree. I’m thoroughly enjoying re reading these decades later. I can highly recommend it (with or without kids!)

  2. Tess enjoyed it. But it’s sexist!!!! Don’t you think? Have a look at who takes the lead in every single plot development… It annoys me that the book was updated to replace the names of the lead characters (Rick was Dick, Frannie was Fanny) but they left all the old gender roles the same.

    • Oh I know. But it’s not nearly as bad as the Famous Five, which we have as an audio book. Despite having George as a key character, it’s sexist, classist and a bit racist. For instance, whenever the villains speak their usually Scottish or Northern English with working class accents! It’s also slightly tedious, which is a big disappointment 30 years later; I loved it when I was younger. I’m hoping the Wishing Chair will deliver.

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